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Citizenship and the Passive Revolution

Modernity as has been argued, is a set of processes that can follow different sequences in different societies and at different historical conjunctures. In India unlike in the west, the two processes of modernity and democracy emerged almost simultaneously. This paper explores the dilemmas created by the 'different sequentiality' by focusing on one revealing moment - the 1951 Act that first amended the Constitution, interpreted here as a landmark in the story of modernity in India. While the amendment was seen to limit individual rights it reflected primarily the imperatives of the modernising project envisaged by India's anti-imperialist elite that included the creation of a bourgeois democracy, the capitalist transformation of the economy and the establishment of social justice.

Refusing Globalisation and the Authentic Nation

In India, the globalisation debate offers only one of two positions - an uncritical celebration of a homogenised globe or an equally celebratory reassertion of the nation as a bulwark against global capital. The challenge for feminist politics is the working out of a different space for a radical politics of culture, one that is differentiated from both right and left wing articulations of cultural and economic nationalism, as well as from the libertarian and celebratory responses to globalisation from the consuming elites.

Surviving Gujarat 2002

Thousands of people have been coming to Gujarat in the last few months motivated by the need to 'do something' - to mourn, to document and to do whatever they can to redress the injustice perpetrated on one community in the name of another. It is this documentation at all levels that has brought home the composite horror of Gujarat 2002.

Elusive 'Woman': Feminism and Women's Reservation Bill

It is becoming increasingly clear that the questions thrown up by the timing of the Women's Reservation Bill and the responses to it cannot be understood solely within the framework of women's rights. This paper argues that two very different (even opposed) sets of concerns - feminist and upper caste - have tied in at this particular conjuncture to produce the sudden general acceptability of women's reservations. Further, the debates around the Bill reveal a more fundamental set of questions about the issues of citizenship, representation, and the subject of feminist politics.

Modern Discourse of Human Rights

Nivedita Menon Changing Concepts of Rights and Justice in South Asia edited by Michael Anderson and Sumit Guha; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1998; pp 288, Rs 495 (hardcover).

The 'War in Europe'

In the dichotomised world of contemporary politics it is often overlooked that opposition to the fanatic and brutal nationalism of Milosevic must not be allowed to mean support for NATO's cynical use of the banner of 'human rights' in order to cover up its strategic interests.

State Gender Community-Citizenship in Contemporary India

Citizenship in Contemporary India THIS paper engages with some of the debates taking place globally around notions of citizenship, using as the point of entry a particular configuration of state, community and gender in India. The interconnections among these three terms could help to make sense of diverse strands of Indian politics depending on the key concept which is used to animate them. However, the political conjuncture at this moment is such that the concept which invariably acts as the master key is that of 'secularism' and its introduction into the discussion immediately maps the three terms on to the terrain of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). In other words, through the lens of secularism, the issue is delimited to that of the 'secular' Indian state's policy towards 'religious' communities. Gender is the invisible value in this configuration, the 'supplement' in the double sense suggested by Derrida that which appears to be merely an addition, an optional extra; but also, that which supplements, or fulfils a lack [Derrida

Orientalism and After

Orientalism and After Nivedita Menon AIJAZ AHMED begins his critique of Edward Said [EPW, July 25] by recognising Said's 'beleaguered location in the midst of imperial America'. However, as he goes on to say, 'Suppression of criticism... is not the best way of expressing solidarity' [PE


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